Can a Painter Place a Lien for Frivolous “Back Charges”
We’ve been working with a painter and agreed to pay him $6500 to paint the interior of our home. The night prior to him finishing up the project he sends over a handwritten list of “back charges” for $7,000. Keep in mind the entire project was supposed to cost $6500- so this new charge took the interior costs to $13,500. He claimed that this was for additional work he had been doing but he didn’t inform us or have us sign change orders. Previously we agreed to a change order for $2k so we assumed anything that was being done for the remainder of the project was covered under the original scope of work unless he presented a change order. We ended up giving him a check for only the remaining part of our original contract and having him escorted off of our property by the police. He’s now threatening to place a lien on our building and sue us unless we pay him $15,000. We never physically signed a contract with this guy- does that mean he can’t file a lien? Obviously there was an offer, acceptance and consideration so it was in every essence a contract, but does he need a signature on a contract in Kentucky to file a lien? Does a contractor need signed change orders in order to place a lien or collect back charges since they were never presented or approved by the owners?